Biden curses ‘Fox News’ reporter after he asks about inflationWASHINGTON January 25, 2022 11:44 IST
Within about an hour of the exchange, Mr. Biden called Mr. Doocy's cell phone and said "it's nothing personal, pal," Mr. Doocy later told Fox News host Sean Hannity
U.S. President Joe Biden was caught on a hot mic cursing a Fox News reporter at a White House event on January 24 after the journalist shouted a question about the impact of rising inflation on this year's congressionalelections.
As journalists were ushered out of a meeting of Biden's Competition Council, Peter Doocy, a White House correspondent with whom Mr. Biden regularly spars, asked if it was OK to ask about inflation and if it was a political liability.
"That's a great asset, more inflation," Mr. Biden responded sarcastically over a din of reporters shouting questions, apparently not realizing his microphone was still on. "What a stupid son of a bitch," he added.
U.S. consumer prices increased solidly in December, culminating in the largest annual rise in inflation in nearly four decades.
Within about an hour of the exchange, Mr. Biden called Mr. Doocy's cell phone and said "it's nothing personal, pal," Mr. Doocy later told Fox News host Sean Hannity.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment while Fox News pointed Reuters to a transcript of an interview with Mr. Doocy about the exchange on Monday evening.
Mr. Biden took office a year ago pledging to take a hard line on any disrespect among members of his administration.
"If you're ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot ... no ifs, ands or buts," Mr. Biden told political appointees during a virtual swearing-in ceremony. "Everybody is entitled to be treated with decency and dignity," he said at the time.
Mr. Biden's predecessor, Republican Donald Trump, famously attacked reporters at rallies and news conferences, to the delight of many of his supporters.
Mr. Doocy, who has long covered Mr. Biden, regularly gets called on by the President at events, often asking skeptical and critical questions. Conservative-leaning Fox News has been critical of Mr. Biden's presidency and Democrats